really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
71,501 miles

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2001 Subaru Forester brakes problems

brakes problem

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2001 Subaru Forester Owner Comments

problem #3

Aug 202015


  • 194,503 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Subaru Forester. While driving approximately 55 mph and engaging the brake pedal, the ABS malfunctioned and erroneously activated, which prevented the brakes from stopping the vehicle. The driver lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a concrete median, which caused significant damage to the front end of the vehicle. The contact failed to indicate if any injuries were sustained or if a police report was filed. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic, who diagnosed that the ABS was faulty. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 194,503.

- Sparta, MI, USA

problem #2

Feb 052005


  • 20,000 miles
Brakes just do not work on snow, ice (ABS does not kick in), and the wheels do not turn. Happened several times, ran into an intersection on red at least 4 times. Accident waiting to happen; noticed other complaints of accidents.

- Wichita, KS, USA

problem #1

Jun 102013

Forester 4-cyl

  • miles
On Monday at 4:50 pm I was driving N a school zone and realized that I was having to ride my brakes I also thought there was some funny noise from the engine. I rolled down my window and couldn't hear any thing. As I approached the stop sign my car would not stop and I pressed my brakes all the way down. The rpms went all the way into the red and my car continued about 4 to 6 feet with brakes all the way down. When car finely came to a stop I placed it in park because I thought this my stop my car from going into gear again and the rpms continued to rise more into the red. I was afraid and placed it in drive with foot on brake to get it into the parking lot I took a right. When I had to stop in the lot the car would not stop and the rpms went up all the way as my foot was on the brake it went about 3 extra feet before coming to a stop. I placed it in park and quickly turned the car off. I turned the car on to see if it would reset but the RPM went all the way up again. A man claiming to be a mechanic looked at my throttles to make sure they were not stuck and took one finger and tapped on the throttle sensor. I started the care again and the rpms were back to a normal amount. The dealers have not been able to replicate and have found no fault in the diagnostic testing. Cause unknown.

- Silver Creek , WA, USA

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